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College of Nursing

Faculty and Staff

Mary Foster Cox, PhD, CPNP-PC

Title: Director, Office of Practice and Associate Professor
Department: Advanced Professional Nursing Practice & Leadership
College of Nursing
Phone: 803-777-8466
Fax: 803-777-0550

College of Nursing
University of South Carolina
1601 Greene Street, Room 629
Columbia, SC 29208-4001 
United States



Dr. Cox received her BSN at the Medical University of South Carolina, her Master of Nursing at Emory University, and her PhD at the Gillings School of Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 


Dr. Cox’s teaching experience spans all degree programs. She currently teaches research, evidence-based practice, and population health in the MSN and DNP programs.


Adolescent risk behaviors, microaggression, incarcerated youth


Dr. Cox has a history of funding, presentations, and publications in parenting and adolescent risk behavior, microaggressions in health care, and teaching methodologies.

Professional Service

Dr. Cox is a member of the USC Carolina Judicial Council and is a volunteer consultant for the South Carolina Cass Elias Guardian ad Litem program.

Professional Practice

Dr. Cox currently practices at the South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice and USC’s Center for Health and Well Being. 

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